Benefits of juicing cannot be denied.
Preparing freshly made juices from fruits, veggies and greens is without question a fantastic way to enrich your diet with super-important nutrients that can be absorbed quickly and easily by your body.
However, juicing may or may not be the ideal solution you for at least three reasons.
Why juicing may not be an ideal way To add more fruits and veggies to your diet
(1.) Juice is very concentrated.
* Problem number one with juice is that it’s too concentrated.
* If you add a lot of sweet fruit (such as apricots, mangoes, pears, etc.) and sweet vegetables (such as carrots), the juice will contain lots of sugar. This can be an issue for people with chronic conditions such as diabetes or candida.
* If you’re making green juices from greens such as parsley, kale, etc. – even though they are super healthy – you need to be aware consuming large amounts of them on a regular basis can be mildly toxic and cause some unpleasant side-effects.
So, while drinking a reasonable quantity of vegetable juice every day, such as 8 or 10 ounces is OK, if you go beyond this amount, you may not be doing your body such a huge favor as you may be lead to believe. In case of juicing, more is not always better.
(2.) Juice contains no fiber.
Problem number two with juicing is that you in the process of extracting the fluids you leave discard some very valuable parts of the produce, namely the dietary fiber.
This can be viewed as a benefit in some situations, because if there is no fiber this means the body doesn’t need to do any work digesting the juice, so all the important nutrients are absorbed instantly.
However, the fact is that your body NEEDS fiber for proper digestion and elimination. So, if you are not getting your fiber from the rest of your diet, you are not doing your body a big favor.
Even though fiber is not used by our bodies for nutrition, it plays a vital role in the process of digestion, as it slows down the absorption of nutrients, helps to clean the digestive tracts of toxins and unwanted matter, and improves bowel movement.
(3.) Juice doesn’t satisfy hunger as well as other foods
Fiber also creates the feeling of fullness that satisfies our hunger.
While drinking a a glass of fresh juice is a tasty appetizer, it is not a satisfying meal by itself.
Some people solve this problem by reusing the pulp for baking and other cooking recipes, but most of us just discards these valuable parts of the plants, which is – in my opinion – quite wasteful, not to mention expensive, especially if you buy organic.
(4) Juicing is often time consuming and messy
Depending on which type of juicer you own and how much time during the day you have, this may or may not be an issue for you, but I think this is a problem for a lot of people, including myself.
So, what’s the alternative?
Alternative to Juicing: How to Add More Fruits and Vegetables to Your Diet Easily
While I’m certainly not telling you to stop juicing, the fact is you can easily eliminate all three problems by preparing and drinking blended drinks or smoothies.
Making smoothies is a super easy way to eat lots of fruits, vegetables, and greens, and a great alternative to juicing.
It is usually much faster, less messy, and easier to clean up. Plus, you also get to consume all the fiber, that is so beneficial to your health and digestive tract, and leaves you feeling less hungry.
While it’s impossible to live just on juices for extended periods of time (unless you are on some kind of juice fasting regimen), living on green smoothies is easy and does not require much sacrifice.
Preparing delicious smoothie recipes – and green smoothies in particular – is the quickest, easiest way to obtain incredible health results.
Just like with juicing, simply by adding one Green Smoothie to your diet every day will start to bring about amazing positive change in the body. Your body will get all the nutrition that it needs, providing you with amazing energy.
Green smoothies are fast and extremely easy to make. No matter what your schedule is, you can manage making a green smoothie.
From start to finish, it takes less than 5 minutes, and that includes cleaning up!
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